Hello my name is M/R Johnson. I am a survivor of Co-Occurring Disorders of depression and addiction. Now before you begin to judge me let me tell you my story.
Are you aware that there are approximately 8.9 million adults who have Co-Occurring Disorders? Only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both conditions, while 55.8 percent receive no treatment at all.
I was one of the 55.8 percent who did not received help, all because of the shame and stigma that has feared the communities of the African American people and has keep them in bondage…Or should I say slavery.
Co-occurring Disorders has no color line, or race, creed or gender. Co-Occurring Disorders is the un-addressed epidemic that is trying to kill the makeup of our families values and traditions in our society. So let’s talk…What is the true definition for the words shame and stigma?
From the Dictionary.com website it states,
Stigma means…A mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.
Shame means…The painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another.
As someone who understands the power of words, and one who was brought up by my parents to be careful of your opinions of others, for we all have some skeletons in the closet. I am just one person who through FAITH is not ashamed to open and tell you mine.
Did you know most stories shared by those who want help with Co-Occurring Disorders that they run deep such as; feelings of lost hope, guilt, trauma, low self-esteem and self-worth, all mixed together with the shame and stigma that keeps many enslaved from reaching out for help…better known as pride?:
So what must a caterpillar endure to become a butterfly? The caterpillar’s destiny is to survive for the renewing, preparation, and transformation through the metamorphosis stages by reaching the safety of the cocoon. The purpose of the process is to receive a reward for the struggle by becoming the beautiful new butterfly creature God intended it to be. My story completely
Once I learned to accept the root causes to my addictive, mental and suicidal behavior the transformation process began and I found my purpose.
In finding my purpose, I can say I am a survivor who is grateful to share the message that there is HOPE and one can SURVIVE any Disorder. See, I am that beautiful new butterfly creature. Why you may ask…All because the Savior God of Grace, Mercy and Love was always encouraging me to DON’T GIVE UP!